Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Crazy Things We Do For Our Kids



This year Mr. J wants to attend sleep away summer camp with his cousin.  The particular camp that they are going to is EXTREMELY popular, and only has one registration day - and it's in person.  People from all over the city (and outskirts) want to send their kids to this camp.

Due to the popularity of the camp, parents start lining up outside the church before 5am.  That's right - registration starts at 8am, and there are people there 3-4 hours early.

I arrived at 510, and there were at least 40 people ahead of me. By 6 am, I couldn't see where the line ended.

They changed the process this year, and at 630 started handing out cards with a time to come back. This worked well, we went for breakfast and then headed back for our time of 800am.  When we got back to the church, there was a line up of people waiting to get in for their time slot.  A few parents showed up that hadn't been waiting in line at 630, and there were no spots left for them.

All the craziness aside, I am so happy that he is going to summer camp.  I was a child that didn't even want to sleep at someones house for one night, so I never braved summer camp.  I am glad he is excited to go!

What kind of ridiculous things have you done for your kids?

Monday, April 24, 2017

April 24th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






Happy Monday everyone!

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Monday, April 17, 2017

April 16th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. We did. It didn't take the kids very long to find their eggs Sunday morning.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring Cleaning Is Happening

If you are a regular Tales of Mommyhood follower, then you are likely aware how much I dislike cleaning. I have absolutely no motivation to clean (unless we are having company) and will happily do just about anything else to procrastinate.

A friend of mine was hosting a Spring Cleaning Challenge on facebook, so I decided to join in and give it a shot. I though if I had a group to be accountable to, it would help.

I was right. I have been on a cleaning streak since joining the challenge.  It started off with doing a deep clean of the bathrooms (one task each day for a few days) then the laundry room, and now working on the kitchen (again, 1 task/ day).

Breaking it down into small chunks has made such a difference. Since I can happily put cleaning off, it always end up being a big job for me. I need to get into the habit of doing a few small tasks daily, instead of becoming overwhelmed with the entire house needing top to bottom clean.
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Also, spring weather has finally found us and I have been able to turn off the heat in the house! Not really spring cleaning related at all, but it makes me happy.

Happy spring!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Celebrate Spring With Rice Krispies {giveaway}

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Spring is here, and the weather has finally caught up to the change in seasons.  Easter is coming up, and Kellogg's wants to help you celebrate.  They have just launched their Spring Rice Krispies cereal. The same cereal we know and love, with spring colours added in.  You can find it at your local grocery store, and they also have Rice Krispies Bars available with the spring colours.

Let Kellogg's into your Easter celebrations. Grab a box of the new Rice Krispies Cereal and make some Easter or spring themed Rice Krispies treats yourself.


You can use the guide to make some easy nests, or you can come up with your own creation (an egg, a bunny, a tulip).

What would you make? Kellogg's wants to supply one of my readers with their very own spring themed Rice Krispies treat kit.  Simply fill out the form below for your chance to win. Open to Canadian residents 18+, ends on April 20th, 2017.

Good luck!

April 10th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






Happy Monday everyone! I hope you were able to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend brought (well, at least it did for us!).

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Canadian Tulip Festival Celebrates It's 65th Anniversary #giveaway



The Canadian Tulip Festival is back again in 2017 and is celebrating its 65th anniversary! This May you can join in the special festivities that are taking place in the Nation’s Capital.

The Tulip Festival is family friendly with many great events taking place for all ages. As with other years, you can spend time listening to live music, watching artists work and enjoying the magnificent beauty that more than 250,000 Tulips bring to Commissioners Park at Dow's Lake.

There are great photo's to be had and memories to make here. I remember taking Mr. J when he was about 10 months old. Trying to keep him from touching the flowers was difficult, but it was a lot of fun.
Tulip Festival 2008

The National Capital Commission has offered up the Canada 150 Tulip, which is the official tulip for Canada's 150th anniversary. The Canada 150 tulips will be featured at this location, as well as the Queen Juliana Gift Bed. 
Canada 150 Tulip - Photo Credit: National Capital Commission

Lansdowne Park will feature many events during this year’s Tulip festival, including the Opening Night Vernissage (May 12 2017), Mother's Day Brunch (May 14th), 65th Anniversary Tulipmania Fireworks (May 21 2017), interactive family programming and more. Tickets are needed for Lansdowne Parks Tulip Gallery, and went on sale March 20th. Access is free for children under 12 years of age. For your chance to WIN a family 4 pack of tickets, enter below.

Byward Tulip Park(ing) - sponsored by Sterling Ford, there will be creative opportunities taking place in the market, in collaboration with the Byward Market BIA.

Tulips on the Garden Promenade - there will be tulip explosions in many of Ottawa’s gardens. The Central Experimental Farm, the Governor Generals residence and Parliament Hill. There will be escorted tours, or you can do your own. Special activities, such as Yoga in the tulips and Fun Runs will be offered, with information posted soon.

Each site will have an information booth sponsored by Desjardins. At these booths you will find detailed information about the different activities available, tours offered, official restaurants with Tulip themed promotions of their own and souvenirs will be available for purchase as well.




GIVEAWAY

I have partnered with the Canadian Tulip Festival this year and have TWO family packs (4 tickets each) to giveaway! To enter for your chance to win, fill out the form below and complete the mandatory entries - as well as any bonus entries to increase your chances!

*This giveaway is open to Canadian residents. However, it only includes tickets for admission. Winner is responsible for any expenses related to travel, parking or other incidentals.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir {giveaway}






Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir "It's Ladybug" is available today (April 4th) for purchase in Canada (April 11th in the US).
I have a copy available to giveaway - so one of my readers can WIN a DVD for their family! Use the form below to enter. Open to Canadians that are 18+.

"Los Angeles, California – The most Miraculous adventures of Ladybug and Cat Noir continue! Paris’ favorite crime-fighting duo return in a new volume of the action-adventure, romantic comedy that will have you on the edge of your seat.
 The action-packed CGI animated TV series Miraculous™: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: It’s Ladybug! will be available on DVD April 11, 2017, from Shout! Kids, in collaboration with ZAG. This release includes six amazing episodes on DVD and a Ladybug paper doll, while supplies last.
When Paris is threatened by super villains, two amazing heroes are our only hope: Ladybug and Cat Noir! With the help of their magical kwamis, this incredible duo team up to outwit the forces of evil… but their biggest challenge might be getting through school. In their normal lives, Marinette and Adrien are just a pair of young students, but in reality, this terrific twosome must juggle schoolwork, friends, family and growing up in a world where every day is a high-flying adventure! A top TV show, Miraculous™ is quickly becoming a worldwide phenomenon"

Episodes on this DVD include:

Princess Fragrance
Gamer
Reflekta
The Puppeteer
Antibug
Volpina


Monday, April 3, 2017

April 3rd Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






Happy Monday everyone! It's crazy for me to believe that we are actually in April already. If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.





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Friday, March 31, 2017

The Forgotten Brother


My kids get the bus to school, but when the weather is nice they prefer to walk.  Since they are bussers, days they walk I need to send a note to their teacher letting them know that the kids will not be taking the bus home.  When this happens, Mr. J picks Mr. K up at the primary door and they come home together.

Tuesday afternoon (10 minutes after the bell rang) I received a call from the office - Mr. J forgot to pick up Mr. K.  He hadn't arrived home from school yet, so I told the secretary I would come and get Mr. K once Mr. J got home.  I went outside to wait, and we headed off. As we were driving to the school, I saw a little boy that reminded me of Mr. K. Then I looked closer, and the woman he was with was Mr. J's teacher and it actually WAS Mr. K.

Apparently he was really worried that I would be worried (even though they had spoken to me) and the teacher said she would walk him home.  When I got home, there was a missed call from the school. I imagine the secretary was calling me back to tell me this, but I had already left.

Mr. J was pretty upset that he wasn't able to walk home for the rest of the week. If it was honestly a mistake, then I would have let him continue with his routine. However, I have my suspicions that he purposely forgot because he wanted to walk home by himself....of course, he would never admit that to me.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Printable Easter Word Search

Easter isn't too far away - my kids are excited to see what the Easter bunny will bring. Feel free to print out the word search below for your kids to do!

Looking for an easy treat the kids can help make? Try these Simple Chocolate Nests


Monday, March 27, 2017

March 27th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






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Thursday, March 23, 2017

March Break 2017 Re-Cap

March Break has come and gone and the kids have settled back into the school routine.  The week off went by quite quickly. Mr. K built a fort in our living room when he got home from school the Friday prior to the break.  He slept in it every night. We played many, many board games; read books and coloured pictures in it.

Mr. J wanted to go to a new bakery that was opened by one of his karate instructors, so we did that on the Monday after a trip to the library.  Tuesday we went for lunch with my mom, my brother and one of my nieces. Mr. J wanted to make a cake, so we did that when we got home. Wednesday was a lazy day at home. Lots of tv, youtube and board games.  Thursday we went to see Lego Batman at the movie theater. Mr. K wanted to make muffins, so we did that in the afternoon. Friday we went to Little Rays Reptile Zoo with a stop at Tim Hortons for lunch.

The kids each got to do something they wanted and we had a lot of fun together.  Of course, there were moments of rage between the two of them. There were a few times I regretted not signing them up for a camp, but we made it through unscathed.

Monday, March 20, 2017

March 20th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






Happy Monday everyone! March break is over and we managed to all survive the week in one piece. I will be back later this week with a recap of the break.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday March 13th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






Happy Monday everyone! March break has arrived! What will you be doing with the kids this week?

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